Monday 10 February 2014

Opus - the circus meet Shostakovich!

Opus at the Barbican with Circa and the Debussy String Quartet
An intriguing show starts at the Barbican Theatre on 18 February, when Circa and the Debussy String Quartet present Opus. Circa is a leading Australian circus company and the Debussy String Quartet is a French string quartet formed in 1990 and based in Lyon. At the Barbican the quartet will be playing Shostakovich string quartets, but they will be on-stage whilst whilst fourteen artists from Circa perform dazzling acrobatic artistry around them. But the musicians are more than just the accompaniment, they will be playing blind-fold, interacting directly with the artists from Circa. We are promised something thrilling and exciting.

The quartet will be playing Shostakovich quartets nos. 11, 8 and 5. On the face of it Shostakovich's intense quartets would seem a strange choice for a work based on the circus, but the company has a history of challenging and fascinating work. They collaborated with Robert Hollingworth's I Fagiolini for How like and Angel at last year's City of London Festival

Choreography and staging are by Yaron Lifschitz, Circa's artistic director. The event runs from 18 to 22 February 2014, further information from the Barbican website. There is a preview video after the break.

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